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September 2010 Blog Posts (137)


I don't swear that often, or ever really get super mad about things, and if I do, I forgive and forget. However, I doubt that I can do it this time.

I go to a community college, low on the list of colleges, and I decided to get involved and have this college pumped up on fun activities! I started a club called the Furciferi back in Spring. My club presented this idea…


Added by Constance Silverwing on September 29, 2010 at 11:49pm — 9 Comments

The Greatest Fight

The Greatest Fight

By A. Smith (Jack Hammerquist)…


Added by G.A. Jack Hammerquist on September 29, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Asylum: Chapter 3 Part 1

The Portal opened out onto a expanse of picturesque country side, Italy in all her beautiful splendor. Rachel smiled at the sight of the vineyard to her right. Her bag weighed a little more heavily than usual on her shoulder and she sifted it slightly trying to readjust the weight. 'I probably shouldn't have bought that bottle of Absinthe for Edward. He usually doesn't care a bit about how old it is so long as it tastes right.' She thought to herself.

She saw a shadow to her left and… Continue

Added by Rachel Harrison on September 29, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Entry #107

Entry #107
Date Recorded: December 21, 3012

We made it to Antarctica in good time.

Passing over the frozen wasteland, I was reminded of our visit to the north pole. I hope that this adventure will not end in fire as well. When we passed over the Ross Ice Shelf, Clockface joined Litton and Wendy and I on the deck. "We approach." he said. Wendy asked me in what she thought was a whisper if we could trust him. I…

Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 29, 2010 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Miscatonic Musings

Academics. And disaster.

I attended Miscatonic University and finished my Bachelor's of Arcana (Music) degree. My senior recital of thin, monotonous piping of an unseen flute was particularly well-received. I won an assistantship to pursue a graduate degree, and was selecting a thesis topic.

Unfortunately, a friend holo'ed a performance of mine at an…

Added by C.D. Fleur on September 29, 2010 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

A Clockwork Dystopia - For Fear of Marching Metal Men

AN: This is the second poem in my series that goes into detail about the pilots of the sleek grey fighters mentioned in Found Horizon. They are diesel-powered cyborgs that emerged from the ashes of the third world war... Anyway, here is an account of them from the perspective of an inhabitant of the floating cities high above the clouds...

For Fear of Marching Metal Men

Copyright 2010, =-Shadow… Continue

Added by Paladin Preston Scott, L-569 on September 29, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

A Clockwork Dystopia - Found Horizon

AN: This blog is dedicated to my poetry series "A Clockwork Dystopia", by me, Shadow Poet ^_^. It is my sincere hope that all who read will gain not only inspiration but simple enjoyment from my work. Happy reading, and enjoy A Clockwork Dystopia...

Found Horizon

copyright 2010, =-Shadow Poet-=…

Added by Paladin Preston Scott, L-569 on September 28, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Tea Time - a random note on popular tea sets, 1860-1880s

Hey Tea Lovers!

Learned a little something today that might be interesting to anyone looking for tea sets beyond the traditional white porcelain and bone china. Wedgewood's Black Basalt style teaset was quite popular between the 1860s and 1880s ( for an example of the… Continue

Added by Almeda Tyler on September 28, 2010 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Asylum: Entry 26

I am now the owner of some 5000 acres of land near Tahoe. I've never owned anything quite so large before. It makes me feel a tad giddy. Or that may be the coffee I had this morning.

When Jack and I traveled through the portal we found ourselves on top of a moving train. Quite unnerving not to mention smokey and hard to breath. Jack started down the ladder ahead of me and as I was climbing down I hear him cry out. For a moment I was afraid he'd been attacked. It's been happening so… Continue

Added by Rachel Harrison on September 28, 2010 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Journal Post No. 3 – In The Company of a Demon, Part Two

I believe I finally have hold of my emotions enough to complete my tale. To continue ...

I would have you know and state now for the record that I intended absolutely no malice toward Mary, but I indeed thought to assist in the truest of friendship. Her rebuffing of me in front of all those others hurt greatly, and I got myself away as fast as my dainty boots could take me. I moved my belongings out of our room and



Added by Dr. Victoria Tarr on September 28, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Entry #106

Entry #106
Date Recorded: January 3, 2999

We've just passed New Zealand. The wind is reasonably cooperative.

The mood on the ship is one of unease. We are normally accustomed to not knowing where we're going, but in this case we know we're flying straight for trouble... but we don't know what the trouble is... and it's a long flight. Clockface has done little to ease our spirits. He just sits in my cabin,…

Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 28, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Journal Entry- September 10th, 1891

Sgt. Foust


I took my squad up to the hills today for rifle practice. We received some new arms from stateside that we wanted to try out. These are some new…


Added by Sgt. Foust, US Airship Marines on September 28, 2010 at 8:50am — No Comments

steampunk linkblog, September 28 2010

Nader Elhefnawy's guest post on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website is all about steampunk. It's long and detailed (over 40 footnotes!) and a must-read for anyone interested in the genre. And if you're interested in steampunk-themed literature, why not take…


Added by Steampunk Librarian on September 28, 2010 at 8:19am — No Comments

Asylum: Entry 25

Edward came back! And he's his usual self. I can't even begin to express how relieved I was. I understand that Atlantis is always going to be a touchy subject for him and I'll do my best to never bring it up around him. He was drinking his absinthe and I my tea while we shared a plate of jammy dodgers when I told him about my latest adventure. Of late I've been wearing small darkened spectacles because bright light hurts my eyes. When I took them off I though he was going to have an apoplexy.… Continue

Added by Rachel Harrison on September 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Journal Post No. 2 – In The Company of a Demon

Now that a week has past I finally feel calm enough to begin my tale. It all started innocently enough two years ago. A substantial grant of monies came through for a project I had been working on or sometime. Though I didn’t choose the other members on my team -- nor had I any say regarding their background or qualifications -- my employer seemed capable of banding together the most suitable applicants.

As with all teams,…


Added by Dr. Victoria Tarr on September 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Entry #105

Entry #105
Date Recorded: January 2, 2999

My conversation with our shiny friend Clockface was quite cryptic.

We sat in my cabin and spoke. I asked him who he was; he responded, "I am Clockface." I said he had already told us that. He said that he was a tool of observation and decision. He speaks in riddles... I like riddles. I inquired as to his origin. He says he was created to observe the progression of time…

Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 27, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Abney Park in Portland, OR, Last Saturday (9/25/2010)

This is a copy of a message I posted to the Steamrats group in Seattle:

It would seem generally not to be the way of this list for people to post post-event "reviews" or tales from the road or whatever, but I really feel the urge to shower some praises.

First of all and by way of background, there is a sense in which I "grew up" in punk rock, in the early 80s. Sid was alive (so was Nancy) and if you weren't, yourself, actively doing whatever it took to get dead your… Continue

Added by Carol, the Adventuress on September 27, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Site "help" section and the study of antiquities.

Good evening!

I have not been on this site long, but today I enjoyed navigating around the various features and peeking at other members' pages and photos. Which leads me to my first question: is there a help/F.A.Q./ guide to this site? I wish to personalize my own page a bit more than just selecting background images, but cannot find a guide detailing how to do this. Should anyone stumble across this entry, is there something I am overlooking? Many thanks, and until then I will… Continue

Added by Almeda Tyler on September 26, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Always Looking Forward: a Glance at the End

I’m often asked whether I regret it, deploying the bomb that is. In the past I’ve always responded with the government sanctioned answer, that the usage of the Aether Bomb was a regrettable but necessary action, one that was taken to save the lives of countless service members and civilians who would have fallen as a result of Loveless’ campaign against the Empire.

However, the truth is that I have often struggled with the memory of that decision.…


Added by Col. Vincent Loveless on September 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Entry #104

Entry #104
Date Recorded: January 2, 2999

I was at the pub, enjoying a nice glass of absinthe and some jammy dodgers, having a chat with Ms. Rachel Harrison when I heard it again. This time as loud as ever. "Edward!" it called out in my head. So loud, I nearly dropped my glass. Immediately after I had heard the voice, my ears were alarmed by another sound... my laboratory's intruder alert sounding from my…

Added by Captain Edward Von Arkham on September 26, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments

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